The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

What's New?

Progress in 2018

Brecht One-Name Study

Brecht/Brett/Cornwell Family

The New Year got off to a brisk start with a cousin, from a branch of the Family Tree, making contact for the first time.

He was descended from the notorious George Henry Brett (born Brecht):

I was able to put him in touch with another cousin on the Cornwell side of his family. Wonderful!

Murder of George Brett 1951

I took the opportunity to re-Google George Brett, Gangster and found a further 4 1951 articles:

- an article from The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 14 July 1951

- an article from The Truth Sunday 15 July 1951

- an article from The Canberra Times on Monday 16 July 1951

- an article from The Truth, on Sunday 9 December 1951.

The articles have been collated in a page Murder of George Brett:

Attempted Murder by George Brett 1926

I also found two articles relating to an attempted murder by George Brett:

Nellie Brett

Another descendant of George Henry Brett (born Brecht) received a visit from the wife and daughter of another of our cousins in Australia, bringing some more information about the family.

It turns out that George married a Mary Ellen (Nellie) Casey in Australia:

Australia Marriage Index 1788-1950

Name: Mary Ellen Casey
Spouse Name: George Brett
Marriage Date: 10 May 1912
marriage Place: Queensland
Registration Place: Queensland
Registration Year: 1912

Nellie Brett appears to have been no shrinking violet and features in some further newspaper articles:

Progress in 2017

Please see:

Colin Bower
19 February 2018

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